Students shine at graduation ceremony

Students from University Campus Barnsley (UCB) and Barnsley College have been honoured in this year’s Graduation ceremony.

Led by a local brass band, students processed from UCB on Church Street to The Civic with many members of the public and local businesses lining the streets to support the graduands as they processed.

The ceremony, for those students who have completed Higher Education courses at UCB and Barnsley College over the last year, was attended by graduands, their guests and VIPs including senior college staff, The Worshipful the Mayor of Barnsley Cllr Jeff Ennis, the High Sheriff Mr Stephen Ingram and the Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Mr Andrew Coombe.

Founder and CEO of print services specialist Webmart Simon Biltcliffe gave an inspiring and entertaining keynote speech as he shared his own experience of building up a multi-million pound business and gave advice to the graduands about the importance of self-belief and a determination to succeed.

Lorraine Copley, Dean of University Campus Barnsley, congratulated each and every graduand as she presented them to Barnsley College Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Webb and Chair of Governors, Simon Perryman to receive their awards.

Lorraine praised the hard work, dedication and resilience shown by everyone graduating and said: “I would like to congratulate all the graduands and wish them well in their chosen careers.”

Student Olivia Johnson, 27, of Silkstone, who studied a Career Guidance and Development Level 6 Diploma said: “I studied for my qualification alongside a full-time job and would definitely recommend a part-time course to anyone thinking of building on their knowledge or taking the next step in their career.”